Gar­lic flakes and cider vine­gar

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QCould you please let me know your views on putting gar­lic flakes and cider vine­gar (sep­a­rate times of course) into poul­try drink­ing wa­ter? I have done this for years as I read it would help with mites and in­ter­nal bugs, but re­cently I was told that it isn’t ben­e­fi­cial to the hens and can in fact de­stroy cal­cium.

AAndy Cawthray says: I’ve used gar­lic and gar­lic flakes in feed and wa­ter and make reg­u­lar use ACV and I’ve seen no detri­men­tal ef­fects in terms of egg qual­ity or egg flavour.

I am aware that there are var­i­ous claims re­gard­ing the health qual­i­ties of both prod­ucts how­ever I’ve seen lit­tle sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sup­port many of the claims.

That said, ACV does cleanse wa­ter and cre­ates an en­vi­ron­ment with a more chal­leng­ing pH for many of the bac­te­ria and bugs that can in­habit drink­ing wa­ter and there are es­sen­tial el­e­ments within the gar­lic that can pro­mote a more bal­anced diet.

Com­bine the two to­gether – cleaner wa­ter and more bal­anced diet – and you could cre­ate an im­pres­sion of them both hav­ing health pro­mot­ing prop­er­ties.

Per­son­ally, I think it is more a case of cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that re­duces the risks of ill health.

Does ACV de­stroy egg shell cal­cium? Well yes, if the egg is left sit­ting in a cup of it, but does it de­stroy the pro­duc­tion of cal­cium in the egg shell stage of lay­ing? No, I doubt it does; the uterus (where the shell is formed) is not con­nected to the crop, giz­zard or the in­testines of the di­ges­tive sys­tem where the ACV would be at it’s most con­cen­trated.

A cock­erel and hens feed­ing

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